Women in Afghanistan have been protesting on social media against a ‘dress code’ recently introduced by the Taliban, especially for women.
The Taliban took full control of Afghanistan on August 15th last month, after which they announced a government team on September 7th.
Following the announcement of the government team, on September 13, Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani announced a ‘dress code’ for university students and made ‘veil’ mandatory for them.
He did not elaborate on the ‘veil’ and Islamic dress and said that girls could not get co-education.
Even before that, the Taliban had instructed women to wear ‘veils’ and Islamic dress.
Afghan women shared photos of themselves in cultural attire, using the “Don’t Touch My Clothes” trend, recording a protest on Twitter on September 14 after the Taliban imposed a “dress code” .
The trend called ‘Don’t Touch My Clothes’ was started by a woman named Dr. Bihar Jalali but she did not use the said trend directly.
She used the hashtag ‘Afghanistan Culture’ on Twitter to share a photo of herself with Afghan cultural attire.
According to Dr. Bihar Jalali, the cultural dress of Afghanistan is its culture.
After that, several Afghan women shared photos in traditional dress and used other hashtags, including ‘Afghan Culture and Don’t Touch My Clothes’.
However, most of the women shared photos of themselves, their families and friends in cultural attire using the hashtag ‘Don’t Touch My Clothes’.
Using the hashtag, not only did local Afghan women in cultural attire share photos, but Afghan women living abroad also joined the trend.
Not only that, but women from other countries including Pakistan, UK, USA, Germany and India also tweeted in solidarity with Afghan women.
The ‘don’t touch or touch my clothes’ trend remained in the top trend in other countries including Pakistan between 14th and 15th September.